PORT-OF-SPAIN, Trinidad (CMC): Trinidad and Tobago were left with an uphill task of reaching the CONCACAF Gold Cup after slumping to a disappointing 2-1 defeat to Suriname in the opening game of the Caribbean Football Union qualifying series here Wednesday night. Following a goalless first half at the Ato Boldon Stadium, the hosts fell behind in the 76th minute through a Guno Kwasie strike but equalised five minutes later, thanks to a Tyrone Charles bombshell. With all to play for in added time, Ivanildo Rozenblad netted in the first period to break Trinidad’s hearts and leave their qualification hanging by a thread. NO EASY GAMES “We knew it would not have been an easy game. In football, there are no easy games,” head coach Tom Saintfiet told a post-game media conference. T&T suffered a blow prior to kick-off when striker Cornell Glen was injured during warm-up and ruled out of the contest. T&T clash with French Caribbean side Haiti in the final game of the series on Sunday at the same venue. The winners of the qualifying series will face the fifth-placed side from Central America in another play-off which will determine the final place at this July’s CONCACAF Gold Cup in United States.
Now right-hander Jorge Sosa makes his first playoff start for the Braves, who converted the power reliever into a starter midway through the season to fill a spot in an injury-plagued rotation. He went 10-3 with a 2.62 ERA as a starter. “Without him, we wouldn’t have recovered, I don’t think. He pitched like a guy that was in the rotation, one of those guys making $7 (million), $8 million,” Atlanta manager Bobby Cox said. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe top 10 theme park moments of 2019 “I think Rocket and Andy really like being on the big stage. They sort of feed off that a little bit,” manager Phil Garner said. “Roy doesn’t shy down from it at all, but his personality is just much more low-key.” Oswalt was Houston’s starter on opening day, not Clemens or Pettitte for their hometown team. And Oswalt’s last start was in the regular-season finale Sunday, when he beat the Chicago Cubs to make sure the Astros won the wild card outright without having to play a one-game tiebreaker. “I don’t think he’s going to be running for political office any time soon. He just enjoys pitching,” Garner said. “If he could just move all this into his hometown, I think he’d be perfectly fine with that.” In his two starts in last year’s playoff series against Atlanta, Oswalt allowed three runs over 11 1/3 innings, winning the decisive Game 5. The Braves had 10 hits and nine runs (seven earned) over five innings May 6 in their only game against Oswalt this season. HOUSTON — Roy Oswalt likes his position in the Houston Astros’ playoff rotation. Back home today for Game 3 of their NL division series and needing a victory to take control, the Astros finally get to their 20-game winner against the Atlanta Braves. Andy Pettitte and Roger Clemens started the first two games, which the teams split. “I like those guys to get all the recognition, myself. I don’t like to be the guy that stands out,” Oswalt said Friday, a day before his fourth career playoff start. “I like kind of sneaking up on guys instead of being out front.” That doesn’t mean Oswalt (20-12), the first pitcher since 2001-02 with consecutive 20-win seasons, isn’t a big-game pitcher. The right-hander from Weir, Miss., a town of about 600 people, just isn’t enamored with the spotlight off the mound.